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John Byrne

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Posted: 28 June 2017 at 9:46am | IP Logged | 1  

This is by far my favorite piece of music. Has been since I was about eight years old. Over the past couple of days I have been amusing myself by checking out several different versions on YouTube.*

Out of this, I found myself waxing philosophical, trying to imagine what it must be like to be the clarinetist who opens the whole thing with that long, rising trill.

Gives me chills!

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* Disappointed that my current favorite pianist, Khatia Buniatishvili, does not seem to have one...

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Michael Hogan
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Joined: 16 April 2004
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Posted: 28 June 2017 at 10:38am | IP Logged | 2  

Sorry, but this seems like a great time to share a personal story:

When I was a college junior, a number of us decided to throw a party (not a kegger, but an actual "wear a jacket and act like an adult" dinner party). At some point, with all the electrical appliances that we had plugged in for the food, drinks, and such the power went out in the room we were using. This included the stereo.

While we sat around waiting for someone to locate the folks in charge to reinitiate power, someone noticed a spinnet in the corner. Since we had no music at that time, it was suggested that my friend Bob play.

Now, at this point Bob had a few adult beverages and was feeling no pain. Some wise-ass shouted out "Rhapsody in Blue" as a request, thinking that it would stymie Bob in his condition.

Without missing a beat, Bob played the piece perfectly, much to everyone's astonishment.

And while Bob played, nobody uttered a sound. IMHO, that's testament to how grand a piece of music Gershwin wrote.

Edited by Michael Hogan on 28 June 2017 at 10:39am
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John Byrne

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Posted: 28 June 2017 at 11:54am | IP Logged | 3  

No need to apologize, Michael!
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Eric Morin
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Joined: 22 February 2007
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Posted: 28 June 2017 at 11:58am | IP Logged | 4  

Thanks for giving me an excuse to listen to this. It has
been a while.
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Richard Fisher
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Joined: 17 April 2004
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Posted: 28 June 2017 at 1:52pm | IP Logged | 5  

I had to look up what a "spinnet" was. I am so surprised I've never heard this term before because I have seen the instrument.
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Darren Ashmore
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Joined: 30 April 2004
Location: United Kingdom
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Posted: 29 June 2017 at 11:27am | IP Logged | 6  

'had a few adult beverages and was feeling no pain'

Michael, that the funniest thing I've heard this week, thanks for the laugh.
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Neil Lindholm
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Joined: 12 January 2005
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Posted: 29 June 2017 at 4:56pm | IP Logged | 7  

Original Recording 1924 Part 1

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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 01 July 2017 at 5:05pm | IP Logged | 8  


Perfect excuse to highlight my favorite segment from FANTASIA 2000:




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